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Date Printed: 7/11/2014
Tenuta di Arceno PrimaVoce 2003
Tenuta di Arceno PrimaVoce 2003
(search item no. 88675)
The Wine News rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

PrimaVoce is a blend that shines a spotlight on the essence of the Tenuta di Arceno vineyards. It is a well balanced opulent wine, with soft flowing tannins that gives a multi-layered sensory experience. This wine is a pleasure from the first opening note to its exuberant grand finale-truly a symphony in a glass!

Bright and ruby red, the nose exudes black cherry and cassis with hints of vanilla, black pepper and exotic spices. When it enters the palate you experience a harmonious crescendo of ripe and elegant fruits dominated by high tones of raspberry jam and depths of currant, ultimately rewarded with a long viscous finish of wild cherries and black licorice.

Blend: 57% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Sangiovese, 8% Syrah

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About Tenuta di Arceno:

Tenuta di Arceno's history stretches back to the time of the Etruscans who dominated central Italy prior to the formation of the Roman Empire. The Ambra River, which flows to Florence, and the Ombrone river, which flows to the Mediterranean, formed the nucleus of the ancient civilization. Still today, these two important rivers flow on either side of the Tenuta di Arceno estate. Located at the historical birthplace of its culture, it is not surprising to find that the word Arceno has as its root, the Etruscan word arché meaning origin point.

The Tenuta di Arceno estate lies in the hills of the Chianti region in central Tuscany between Florence and Siena, near Castelnuovo Berardenga. Tuscany is home to Italy's most renowned wines. Among them are the Super Tuscans, referred to as such due to their superior quality and position outside of official premium wine designations. The Tenuta di Arceno estate produces a variety of Super Tuscans including Arcanum I and Arcanum II.

From its roots in the Etruscan civilization, its ownership by the wealthy and respected Taja family, its sale to one of the most illustrious families of Siena, the Piccolominis, and finally to its acquisition by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke in 1994, the history of Tenuta di Arceno unfolds, long and sinuous in time